Thursday 03.27.14

Just hanging around.

Just hanging around.

Threshold Thursday

On the :90s 8×2 @ 80%

Clean and Jerk
On the :90s 8×2 @ 80%

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"Do you even squat bro?"

“Do you even squat bro?”

Coaches Corner with Coach Føx

The Close of the Open

If you’ve spent any time at all during the last 4 weeks at CFNE, you’ve felt the excited buzz in the air that surrounds the gym during Open season. You’ve heard the side conversations that happen during shoulder pass throughs and buddy stretches as our own athletes nervously strategize on how to game the latest open workout. We’ve watched each others successes and we’ve seen the disappointment in each others eyes when we haven’t accomplished what we’ve set out to do. We’ve proudly celebrated our achievements together and consoled one another with positive thoughts for every rep left undone.

To put it in perspective, we all know that the Open is a great way to check in and measure the progress we’ve made since last year. But let’s make sure not to get too caught up in the final number on the leaderboard as 14.5 closes this coming Monday. After all, it’s important to remember that placement has no effect on our effort, or on our accomplishments. Some say that the end of the open is a good time to close out the year and assess how we’ve spent the last 365 days, but if we’re really trying to get the most out of our experience, the smartest thing to do would be to use the last five weeks to propel us into the NEXT 365 days of CrossFit.

On the most elementary level, we can reflect back on the last 5 weeks of testing to refocus our sights and set new goals for the year, month, or even week. Didn’t do so hot at 14.4 because of the muscle ups? Now is a great time to make a plan with any of the coaches to approach building the skill and strength to take them on again. You don’t have to wait until next year’s Open buzz begins around New Years. Pumped about nailing your first double-unders during 14.1? Come up with a plan to nail your first 20 unbroken double-unders by next month. Maybe your mental game kept you from picking the barbell back up during 14.2. Start to iInvestigate resources on building mental toughness and day by day, work to get stronger at that. Not just for next year’s Open, but for your day to day life. And remember, in all of this, that the hard way, and the right way are usually the same. Reinforce to yourself the things you are proud of in your performance this year, and use that positivity to sky rocket you through your next set of goals.

Most importantly though, it’s easy in all of the competition and rep counting to forget what this is all about. The spirit of CrossFit is about our community, the people, the love, having fun and giving our best every day. It’s about the smiles on our faces and the high fives that happen when we walk through the doors to the box and get to work out with all of our best buds every day. It’s about being the best version of ourselves that we can be – in and outside of the box. It doesn’t matter if you came in 1st or 9,991st. It’s about giving our best within these walls and when no one is watching alike. And it is above all about enjoying what we do here. Love what you do. Remember why you love it. If you love what you do, the rest will fall into place.

It’s been a pleasure to compete with all of you over the last 4 weeks. I’m so proud of all of your achievements, but I have to say, I’m so much more looking forward to spending time with all of you and seeing you grow over the next 48. That’s the part that I love the most. Here’s to the Open 2014, and everything after.




  1. I didn’t know MDV was back!

    oh wait, that’s Bode…

  2. Lára Vukson

    Great post Meg and good food for thought.

    Threshold Thursday
    On the :90s 8×2 @ 80%
    Clean and Jerk
    On the :90s 8×2 @ 80%

    Love Threshold Thurs.
    Snatch 40#
    Clean and Jerk #50

    Thanks for the tips Harry and Meg! Note to self. Weight in the heels. No noodle arms. Arms locked. Tell yourself to split wider than you think you can.

  3. Colleen (OC)

    Snatch: 40#, was able to squat today so that was good.
    Clean & jerk: 65# (same as last week but squat, not power)

  4. Well said, Meg. Great write up.

    SS: 115#
    SC&J: 165#
    Thanks for all the cues this morning, Harry and Meg. Huge help.

  5. Great write up Meg, on the money!

    SS: 100#
    SC&J: 135#

    As always, Harry and Meg, great coaching today.

  6. Well said, coach fox..

  7. Great post Meg! This open has been a fun experience, it is great to see everyone in the community coming together to support one another. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Michelene

    Threshold Thursday: Snatch @ 40#/C&J @ 55#
    Thanks Harry & Meg for the great coaching as always!

  9. Threshold Thursday – Snatch 45#, SQ&J 135#
    Great coaching Meg and Harry!

  10. Brian L

    snatch- 95#

  11. Stephan

    Great job at keeping everything in perspective Meg!

    Threshold Thursday
    SS – 95
    CJ – 135

    Thanks for all the pointers Harry and Meg.

  12. Ashley R

    Threshold Thursday: 65#/75#

    Thinking about the firefighters and their families who lost their lives in Boston yesterday during that Back Bay fire. Hits close to home since many of our CFNE Crossfitters are fire fighters. Thinking about you guys too….

  13. Patti Jeanne

    Threshold Thursday
    Snatch: 55-65
    Clean and jerk: 85
    5 rounds Cindy with sit ups aor squats mtd 120

  14. Christian

    TT –

    Snatch – 115#
    Clean (no jerk) – 205#

    kinda staying light and careful all around today. haven’t used my shoulder much since dropping a barbell on myself Saturday morning. all things considered, I’m happy with how the lifts went, but definitely felt like while the snatch weight was on point I went a bit too light with the cleans.

  15. Krystle

    Snatch: 65#
    C&J: 105#

  16. Big Bri

    300 air squats for time
    giddy up

  17. Jonathan

    Snatch: 125# felt great today!
    C&J: 135# hurt!

  18. SS: 65#
    C&J: 135#

  19. Squat Snatch – 50
    Clean and Jerk – 70

    Some really great cues and tips, Harry and Meg. Thanks!

  20. Threshold Thursday
    Snatch: 50#
    Clean and jerk: 80#

  21. Thomas F

    Threshold Thursday
    Snatch: 125#
    Clean & jerk: 175#

  22. Kristin B.

    Snatch: 80#
    C&J: 115#

  23. Heather Bergeron

    Threshold Thursday:
    Snatch: 120#
    C&J: 155#

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